Month: January 2019

It’s time to rethink manufacturability and seriously consider “pop-up” manufacturing, an on-site manufacturing center brought to customer hubs. Satellite constellations are the new standard of the space economy. Iridium Communications paved the way for others to launch their own constellation programs like SpaceX and OneWeb. The FCC has issued more than 19,000 licenses for satellites communications
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A healthy sun flower star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) in a surfgrass bed.Jacqueline Sones In 2013 and 2014, a wasting disease demolished sea star populations from Mexico to Alaska. When a sea star is infected with wasting syndrome, white lesions appear on its body, the surrounding tissue decays, and its body eventually disintegrates, ultimately causing the animal to
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Artificial intelligence can play chess, drive a car and diagnose medical issues. Examples include Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo, Tesla’s self-driving vehicles, and IBM’s Watson. This type of artificial intelligence is referred to as Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI) – non-human systems that can perform a specific task. We encounter this type on a daily basis, and its
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The photo above is not depicting some ten-legged mutant bird as some of our Instagram commenters have suggested. It’s also not one of those hilarious birds with arms memes. He’s just one brave daddy bird hauling his four chicklings to safety. Comb-crested Jacanas (Irediparra gallinacea) are also known as lillytrotters or Jesus-birds for their ability to
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Since its discovery in 1938, the drug LSD — that’s lysergic acid diethylamide — has puzzled researchers. They knew the drug had a profound effect on people, causing hallucinations and an altered state of consciousness, but they couldn’t figure out why. Now that could be changing. A research team from the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich thinks it’s figured out
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A nurse tends to typhoid fever patients gathered in the hallway of the crowded Jose Rizal hospital in Calamba, Laguna, the Philippines, on Saturday, March 8, 2008. The Philippines’ worst typhoid outbreak in a decade shows no sign of ending as authorities try to pinpoint the cause of the infection that’s killed one person and
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WASHINGTON — Maxar Technologies’ Space Systems Loral division terminated a contract to build DARPA’s Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites spacecraft Jan. 30, leading to a potential recompete of the program. Maxar said it also canceled a contract with Space Infrastructure Services, a company it created that would have commercialized the RSGS servicer after a DARPA
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One of them is a little green gnome-like figure. The other is half-human, half-Vulcan. Both have pointy ears and considerable wisdom. But which is ultimately wiser? It’s a reasonable thing to wonder, perhaps even logical. After all, Yoda from Star Wars and Spock from Star Trek have come to represent the quintessential archetypes of sage
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WASHINGTON — Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies reported contrasting financial performances for their space activities Jan. 29, with Harris charting growth in classified smallsat programs and L3 recording losses in satellite communications components. Chief executives from both companies said their $34 billion merger, announced in October, remains on track for completion by mid-2019 despite the
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GettyGetty What are the risks of undergoing bariatric surgery, and are they worth it? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Yijun Chen, Physician at UCLA Center for Obesity and METabolic Health, on Quora: Like any surgery, bariatric
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This article originally appeared in the Jan. 21, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. At the largest conference of astronomers in the United States, the biggest astronomy mission under development was virtually a no-show. The partial government shutdown that started Dec. 22 kept NASA civil servants from attending the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society
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FILE PHOTO: The logo of state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the country’s biggest defence contractor, is seen at their offices next to Ben Gurion International airport, near Or Yehuda, Israel February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner JERUSALEM (Reuters) – State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries on Tuesday said it has partnered with Germany’s OHB System for a European
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He Jiankui, the Chinese researcher who drew wide criticism when it emerged that he gene-edited several human babies, told an influential adviser about the work many months before it became public. Though Nobel Prize winner and University of Massachusetts professor Craig Mello admonished He that the work was unethical, according to emails obtained by the
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White House draft policy memo: After the Space Force is established, the secretary of defense has to conduct a “periodic review” and recommend a timeline for spinning off the Space Force into its own military department. WASHINGTON — A draft space policy directive that President Trump is expected to sign in the coming weeks orders
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